Boehner presses Obama to sign Russia sanctions bill

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerNunes retirement move seen as sign of power shift in GOP Feehery: The next Republican wave is coming Rift widens between business groups and House GOP MORE (R-Ohio) is urging President Obama to immediately sign legislation passed unanimously by the House and Senate to impose new sanctions on Russia.

The bipartisan bill would also authorize the president to send defensive weapons and more non-lethal aid to Ukraine.

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"With this support, we underline our strong moral commitment to the cause of the Ukrainian people," said Boehner in a statement Monday. 

The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Marcy KapturMarcia (Marcy) Carolyn KapturBiden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress Ohio Republicans swing for fences in redistricting proposals Acquiescing to Berlin, emboldening Moscow and squeezing Kyiv: Biden and Nordstream 2 MORE (D-Ohio).

Ukraine is facing a separatist uprising backed by Moscow in the east of the country. In March, Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, and has been supplying separatists with arms and training, which the U.S. has called a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.

The U.S. and the European Union have enacted several rounds of economic sanctions on Moscow, and helped broker a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine in September, but fighting has continued. 

"Of course, there is much more to do," Boehner said in his statement. 

Boehner said the House would continue to work to provide additional assistance to Ukraine and other partners and friends in the region. He said lawmakers would also work to increase energy supplies to Europe, to create American jobs and break Russia's "political manipulation of access to energy in Europe."